Bear Medicine

Bear Medicine the Power of Introspection, an offering to the Eagle.

Bear waving Hello
Bear Medicine says Hello. Gimmie Five!

Bear Medicine is powerful medicine, bringing healing, renewal, and rebirth. This is the gift that Grandmother Bear brings those who live with Bear Medicine.

Leonardo da Vinci Drawing
It could just as easily been a Bear in the Boat. Maybe Bears of old had horns. And that’s no Bull.

Bear Medicine is the power associated with the spirit of the bear, particularly the bears ability to heal, is known in virtually all cultures within the bear’s range. The bear is known to seek plants for its own healing. North American brown bears are known to dig up Ligusticum porteri, not surprisingly known as, “bear root”. The plant is known to have antibiotic properties, being good for stomach aches, and repelling insects. Now that’s Bear Medicine Medicine, if you know what I mean! They chew on it and then rub it on their fur. For that feel good feeling.

Black bear eating berries
Bear Medicine, Medicine, Good stuff.

The Alaskan brown bears are known to chew on sedge to rid themselves of tapeworm and parasites before hibernating. The common names for other plants in the Bear Medicine medical pack reflect Bear’s usage. Like Bearberry, bear’s paw, bear tongue, bear clover, just to name a few.

Bear Medicine teaches us introspection, aiding us to digest our experiences, to discover within ourselves is the answers to all our questions. When we slow down and listen to what our intuition, our inner knowing voice tells us. We all have Bear packs of wisdom in Silent Knowledge. It becomes useful for us to go within our self at times. Able to uncover our own answers to whatever challenges we are facing, allowing us to be ourselves. However, just like Bear one needs to know when to come out of ‘hibernation’ and to interact with the world around them.

Bear awakes early
Man, I thought it was Spring. I just had this wonderful Dream!

Bear… Invite me. Entice me, into the cave.
Where Silence surrounds through winter days.
I sleep in the cave. Like it’s my grave.

To be born again on a spring day. Exploring new life with the answers you gave.

Bear Medicine.

The Bear Medicine is always a good sign and has special powers. As Bear represents wisdom, insight, introspection, protection, and healing. When you see a Bear while hiking in the woods or along the river, know that a very sacred place is nearby and the spirits of that area are checking you out. Respect the Bear, don’t intimidate it, pray and give thanks, then make a special wish.

Because of Bears size and temperament they can be dangerous. As Mother Bear will protect her cubs. If Bear comes to your house or around the camp in late fall looking for food, it is a sign that a harsh winter is coming early.

Hibernation reflects immortality, the power of healing, the ability to lead with discernment, with confidence, and the ability to draw on one’s courage. Bear will teach you that balance, harmony, centering of the mind, body, and Spirit to control of your emotions. Where we stop Feeding the Beast. As heart is in the center of our being. Using our emotions as triggers, draws ones attention to the important issues. Allowing one to feel these emotions as one takes the time to reflect with greater clarity the moment at hand. This is achieved by awakening the Heartmind of Spirit and our Spiritual instincts.

Since Bear Medicine also represents maternal love, patience, nurturing, healing, balance, harmony, cycles of death and rebirth, discernment, wisdom, strength, protection, defense, dreams, intuition, and introspection, plus the psychic powers the shaman uses to journey into other worlds. Bear Medicine is Mother Earth energy, exemplifying a gentle and often playful nurturance accompanied by a healing love. Bears haven is the womb of Mother Earth and Bear Medicine will teach one to enter into Inner Silence to face the smoking mirror of reflection. These inner reflections one sees will show one their true self (Spirit), with all its weaknesses and strengths. Learning to seek the Inner Silence, to see with clarity the inner truth of all worldly affairs, (Illusion) going into the heart of them swiftly. Learning to react and draw from ones inner courage and strength to sustain them, thus gain control of their life as they walk the path with Heart, doing this with the gentle love of Spirit.

Polar Bear Cub
Won’t you help me. I love my life.

For this reason, the gift of Bear Medicine is mastered over many lifetimes and reaches full potential when ones Spirit has reached a significant level of growth and maturity. Their Spirit will burst forth, as the Life-giving rays of the sun herald a new day, touching all with its golden brilliance, as one is born again. Then, the Grizzly Bear Medicine Spirit will remember the Ancient Knowledge and wield the Light of Eternal Energy to benefit all who dwell above, upon or within the Earth Mother as ones Spirit walks in harmony beside their Ancestors, hearing the whispered Wisdom of the Sky Nation, along the High Red Road of physical Spiritual Life.

Bears last stand
Come on People. I am running out of room here.

As the guardian of the Dream Lodge, Bear Medicine will teach one to trust, and work within, their dreams. Awaking in their Dreams. As Bear is the Keeper of Prophecy and Vision. When Bear comes, Bear speaks of deep truths that cannot be ignored.

Bear Medicine shows one how to know self and to be true to that knowing. Bear Medicine is the teacher of deep psychic abilities that lead to shamanic journeys and the projection of ones inner spirit. Bear will show the secret of going within to achieve levels of trance that lead to the sacred dimensions. These dimensions are doors to other realms. Bear will show one the ability to project their Spirit into them and walk the path of higher purpose.

Bear Medicine
Bear with me. I am having a bad day

Bear Medicine Introspection, the Art of looking within.

The strength of Bear Medicine is the power of introspection. It lies in the West on the great medicine wheel of life. Bear seeks honey, or the sweetness of truth, within the hollow of an old Tree of Knowledge. In the winter, when the Ice Queen reigns and the face of death is upon the Earth, Bear enters the womb/cave to hibernate, to digest the fat of the year’s experience. It is said that our goals reside in the West. To accomplish the goals and dreams that we carry, the art of introspection is necessary.

Bear Medicine Wheel of Life
The Medicine Wheel of Life. We all must face the Directions. Our Life presents the Challenge.

To become like Bear an enter the safety of the womb/cave, we must attune ourselves to the energies of the Eternal Earth Mother, and receive nourishment from the placenta of the Great Void. The Great Void is the place where all solutions and answers live in harmony with the questions that fill our realities. If we choose to believe that there are many unanswered questions to life, we must also believe that the answers to these questions live within us. Each and every being has the capacity to quiet the mind, enter the silence, and know the answers of the Great Spirit.

Many tribes have called this space of inner-knowing the place of Silent Knowledge of the Dream Lodge, where the terrifying death of the illusion of physical reality overlays on the wonder of the expansiveness of eternity. It is in the Dream Lodge that our ancestors sit in Council and advise us regarding alternative pathways that lead to our goals. This is the Power of Bear Medicine.

Bear in water barrel
Ah, that’s better. All I need is a Bear Beer. This wheel could be a little bigger.

The female receptive energy that for centuries has allowed visionaries, mystics, and shamans to prophesy is contained in this very special Bear energy. In India, the cave symbolizes the cave of Brahma. Brahma’s cave is considered to be the pineal gland that sits in the center of the four lobes of the brain. If one were to imagine an overview of the head, the top of it would be a circle. The South would be the forehead, the North the back of the skull, the West would be the right brain, and the East the left brain.

Bear is in the West, the intuitive side, the right brain. Where it is to hibernate, Bear travels to the cave, which is the center of the four lobes where the pineal gland resides. In the cave, Bear seeks answers/vision while Bear is dreaming or hibernating. Bear is then reborn in the spring, like the opening of spring flowers.

Male Squash Flower
We all bear fruit. Did you like that play on words?

All seekers of the Dreamtime and of visions, have walked the path of silence, calming the internal dialogue, reaching their place of rites of passage, the Third Eye or pineal gland is the place of inner vision. From the cave of Bear, you find the pathway to the Dream Lodge and the other levels of imagination or consciousness. In choosing Bear Medicine, the power of knowing has invited you to enter the silence and become acquainted with the Dream Lodge, so that your goals may become concrete realities. This is the strength of Bear Medicine.

Third Eye
The Third eye. See into other worlds.

Contrary Bear Medicine

If you find Bear in a tree, Bear Medicine is reversed, your internal dialogue may have confused your perception of your true goals. In seeking answers or advice from others, you may have placed your own feelings and knowing aside. The time has come to regain your authority, for no one knows better than yourself what is proper and timely for your evolution. Follow your Heart. Reclaim the power of knowing. Find joy in the silence and richness of the mother’s womb. Allow the thoughts of confusion to be laid to rest as clarity emerges from the West, nurturing your dreams as the Earth Mother nourishes us all.

Bear Medicine in the contrary position is teaching that only through being our own advisor can we attain our true goals. Using our death as our advisor, one makes very act count. Anything less than the doing, that which gives one the most joy is denial. To achieve happiness one must know thyself. To know thyself is to know our body, our mind, and our Spirit. Using our strengths to overcome our weaknesses and know that both are necessary in the evolution of you. As Light and Dark need each other for their own reflection. Where they meet in the shadows of not doing.

Shadow Play
Shadow play. The Essence of Light and Darkness. They need each other.

Journey with Bear to the quietness of your cave and hibernate in silence. Dream your dreams and own them. Then in strength be ready to discover the honey waiting in the Tree of Life. Open the gateway to the Garden of your Dreams and walk on in. On four legs or two as bear can walk either way.

Bear Medicine Facts

Signs in the Heavens
It’s shaped like a cup to hold the essence of life.

The bear is a powerful symbol and image in both myth and lore. Stories about individuals that turned into bears, and bears into humans, and bears as gods. Has stirred imagination so much that even a constellation was named in honor of Bear, Yep, Ursus Major, The Great Bear. Seven stars of this constellation are probably the most easily recognized in the northern hemisphere. These seven stars form The Big Dipper, and they link to the seven great rays of light to the Divine. As they point the way to the North Star.

Big Dipper point to North Star
Here this should help you find your way back home.

The Bear has lunar symbology as well, giving it ties to the subconscious and the unconscious mind. It is an animal associated with the goddess Diana, a goddess of the moon. It is also a symbol for alchemy, the nigredo of prime matter. It relates to all initial stages and primal instincts. Creation its Self.

Like birds, the Bear is often considered among native American people’s as kin to humans because, like birds, Bear can stand and walk upon two legs. For many, the bear and the wolf are the last true symbols of the primal, natural world, and many ecologists believe. That how humans respond and protect their lands and their future, will be the most honest depiction of how serious humanity is about preservation of the environment and the natural resources within it. Humanity is at the crossroads. One path leads to destruction. The other is the path to life beyond life. Don’t be mislead by the signs of the times. As somebody as turned the signs to face the direction of Darkness. To lead those away from their destiny. Follow your Heart it knows the way back home.

Dream Traveler shared some Magic
We are Magical in our Dreams. Powerful in our Hearts. We don’t have to choose one or the other. We have them both. Find your way home. Enjoy!

The Bear is the largest of the carnivores, but will eat almost anything. It is omnivorous, eating both plants, fruits, and meat. It actually eats less meat than many smaller carnivores, such as the fox or coyote.

Contrary to popular belief, Bears do not truly hibernate. They Sleep. During the winter they live to a great degree on their stored-up fat. Their body temperature will drop around 13 degrees, and their breathing rate can be cut in half. The depth of their sleep depends greatly upon the amount of fat stored.

This reflects the Bear’s ability to teach those with this totem to go within to find the resources necessary for survival. The Bear teaches one to draw upon all of our inner stores of energy and essence which have never been tapped or accessed by their Spirit. Meditating and working with Bear Medicine will help one to go within their Spirit’s den into their inner sanctum of Heart, to find the answers their Reason seeks. As Reason has no answers, it only has questions.

Turkey Bear
What the heck? Does that Bear have feathers?

During the winter sleep the Black Bear’s kidneys shut down completely, and scientists are studying this activity, hoping it will offer clues to more successful kidney transplants. Physicians would love to find a way to duplicate this in humans so diseased kidneys would have time to heal. This is part of what Bear Medicine is about. But science must first study Spirit to find the answers.

The kidneys serve a vital function in the body, excreting urine, and filtering the blood plasma. Metaphysically, the kidneys are symbols of discernment and discrimination. If Bear Medicine has shown up in your life, ask yourself these important questions. Is your judgement off? How about those around you? Are you not recognizing what is beneficial to your life? Are you not seeing the core of goodness deep within all situations? Are you being too critical of yourself or others? Are you wearing rose-colored glasses? Am I living only in Reason and without Heart? Am I following my path with Heart?

Lazy Bears
Sweet Heart, that was a Great meal. How did you cook that Seal? Burrrrrp! Where’s the remote?

Bear Medicine can teach you to go deep within so that you can make choices and decisions from a place of power. Using Heart over mind. Thus putting them in the Divine order. As we only have decisions in the face of our death. As we recapitulate our life in the womb of Mother Earth we can offer this reflection up to the Eagle as food. As it eats our offering we can dart pass the Eagle to be free. This is the swiftness of Bear Medicine.

All bears are astonishingly swift. The Black Bear and grizzly can reach running speeds of 35-40mph for short distances. All bears, including the polar Bears, can climb. Only the size of the tree will discourage the climbing. Bears are often associated with trees. Nature programs love to photograph Bear cubs high up in trees or even adults scratching themselves against them. There are even “Bear trees,” trees marked with claws as signposts along the well-worn and traveled path of a particular Bear. This is how one knows the way back home. As Bear Medicine has marked the way. This is the Wisdom of Bear Medicine.

Bear markings
Look for the Signs. They are everywhere. If one knows what to look for.

I Love trees. I use them a lot in my writings as signs. The tree is a powerful and ancient symbol, just like the Bear. It is a natural antenna, linking the Heavens and the Earth. Different trees do have different meanings, but in general, it represents knowledge. It is a symbol of fertility, of things that grow. As man and trees are closely a lined. We both feed each other though our breath. Using our breath is how we recapitulate. This Introspection is the insight of Bear Medicine. And through it we find freedom.

Bear Sign, Bear Medicine
Can you read it? It says, this way home. Bear Medicine marks the way!

Bear Medicine teaches one to go in and awaken the potentials inherent, the tree serves as a reminder that we must bring what we awaken out into the world and apply it, have it grow in the light. Using Bear Medicine to make our marks on life. As everyone with Bear Medicine should keep their inner cub alive and occasionally climb trees, if only to get a clear perspective. As one enters into the trees aura the tree will talk to you and secrets will be reveled.

For those with Bear Medicine as a totem, it is important to remember, not to hide away and try to hibernate all year-round. You must come out of the den. This is reflected in the birthing process of Bears. Female Bears give birth during their heavy sleep, semi-hibernation stages.

Usually two cubs are born, sometimes three. They are born helpless and semi-conscious. The cubs nurse in the safety and warmth of the den throughout the winter. As spring approaches, the mother Bear and her cubs will emerge. The cubs have become strong enough to follow their mother. This is tremendously significant for those working with Bear Medicine. As it reflects a need to go deep within oneself, to have periods in our life when we can be more reclusive. Then emerge in full strength.

Bear Directions
I think the path is that way. No I smell it that way. Guys I feel it’s that way. How do we get down from here?

During these times, we go within and give birth to two or three new ideas or projects. They can be nursed through the winter, and then as spring approaches, emerge with our babies to help them grow.

The Bear is so highly revered as a totem animal that many Medicine priests have adopted “Bear” as a part of their name. I am known as Barenaked. LOL You can call me that, but I won’t come running. Running Bear, I wonder if he was cold?

According to some tribes, the Spirit of the Bear never dies, and thus has become synonymous with supernatural powers and the ability to heal. Among nearly all shamans, the bear is reverently addressed as “Grandfather.” The Bear was a totemic symbol for St. Gall and St. Seraphim. In the Native American zodiac, those born from August 22 to September 22 are in the Medicine Wheel sign of the Bear. Bear people are said to be slow, cautious, and quiet. To have the Bear as your totem animal is to be aware that you are being guided to assume a role of leadership. Your Spiritual guardian will also encourage you to exercise your abilities as a natural healer. You may be placed in a position in which to defend your beliefs in a firm and fearless manner, but your Bear totem will give you the insight and powers of discrimination/discernment, and the strength to present the truths of your life-path with confidence and courage. Follow your Bear totem guide, and you will be led to greater balance in body, mind and Spirit.

Running Bear
Hey wait for me. Bear Medicine on the move.

The essence of Bear teaches us how to dream what is desired into our physical reality reflection. Of all the species, Humans probably spend more time acting and doing than listening and being, often much to our detriment. We do not shape shift our reality through constant thought, or inappropriate actions but through the focused emotions of the Heart, the reason of the mind, and the power of Spirit. The Spirit or Higher Self speaks to us through our emotions, when we feel good and uplifted we know we are on the right path, taking the right actions because our Spirit is sending us the emotions that this feels good. The Spirit always seeks Pleasure, Love and Joy, never strife, pain or struggle. When we feel ill at ease, in pain or stuck down. Be aware our Spirit is saying, “There is a better way”. Slow our breath, use introspection, and slow our activity down long enough to hear what your Spirit saying. Bear Medicine can teach us how to do this if we explore Bear’s own cycles of being.

This is the powerful energy of the womb/cave, going deep within Mother Earth to renew and heal the self or to send healing to another. Bear Medicine is a powerful ally who offers protection and guidance during stressful situations, to resolve long-standing problems, in which one may feel locked in and can’t find their way out. Bear Medicine teaches us how to be silent and still so that we may receive higher guidance and inspiration. Bear Medicine also teaches us how to meet all of our needs from within so we never have to go without. Through Bear, we learn to use the guidance of Shamans who have walked this path before us and have many gifts to share if we will only receive them.

Bear Fishing for Salmon
Here this is for you. Bear Medicine is a sharing of Love. That’s why there are Teddy Bears.

In Bear Medicine, one may also find that they too need to set aside resources to tide them over during the slow cycles of their lives. These resources can be money, food, even time. Bear Medicine can teach us how to use our time more wisely, even how to store it. As we only live in this moment. Cut back on those things that keep us busy, and are not truly productive. If you find you are constantly rushing about and always doing, yet your hopes, dreams and goals never seem to materialize, then it’s time to tune into Bear Medicine and ask for counsel about how to make better use of the time you have. Bears are very focused on doing what they know they need to be doing during the spring, summer and autumn times. As they know winter is coming.

Those who constantly defer the time and energy needed to put into their own needs, goals and dreams in favour of constantly helping others will soon find their energy depleted. I refer to it as drinking from an empty well. As we forget to pray for rain to replenish the well. Seek Frog Medicine in this case.

Sleeping Bear
Don’t just be a bump on a log. Use Bear Medicine in your Dreams. Become Bear

When we don’t follow our own dreams, when we are constantly setting aside the things that bring us happiness, a sense of fulfillment because others always seem to be needing our help, time and attention, we are literally starving ourselves of life energy that our Spirit needs. We are cutting ourselves off from the life force that keeps us alive because we are no longer living for ourselves as we were meant to. Become Hummingbird. Instead of allowing someone else or something else to drain off our life force for their own needs and purposes. We each came to this earth with many wonderful and valuable gifts to share. Each of us has a contribution that only we can make. There will never be another you in this universe. It is in the finding of you, and making that contribution to the world. That allows the life force of the Universe to flow through us freely.

Bear Medicine Won't rub you the wrong way
Ah that feels good. Oh a little to the left. That’s it.

Bear Medicine People know this instinctively. Stand on your own two feet and scratch your back on the Tree of Life. The honey of life awaits Bear Medicine People.

Knowledge is Power

Experience is Wisdom

Take your Power Back

Bear Medicine makes it easy to Bear life.

CJC

Winky, thumbs up to you
BearNaked, That’s a good one.
And yes, Running Bear was cold. That’s why he kept running.

 Bear Medicine, or just grin and Bear it.

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Missing the Point

Am I Missing the Point? Are you?

Missing the Point
Yep!

Not Missing the Point

By Missing the Point. In so doing, we miss the power that was being offered. We can change this, if we so choose. We are the authors of our own story we tell ourselves. Our mind believes this story is all about me. Lies, Lies, and More Lies. It’s that way because we are living life in our mind and Missing the Point. Life is about life. Our mind is not the center of our being. Our heart is! Are you Missing the Point?

I was out in the garden SEEing how the plants are doing. SEEing is a full sensory consciousness. Becoming aware of everything. Using all our senses. Did you know plants can talk?  Listen! I was asking how they are doing because they are coming to the end of their life, season if you will. It was a short summer, this year. Really it was the year without summer. They did the best they could with what they had. I thanked them. So I was SEEing if I could help them in some way, and they were sharing their fruit/Love. Here take this and this and this, I heard. I told them not to worry. I have saved their seed and they will be back next year. If we all live that long. There’s Fire in the Sky.

And out of the corner of my eye, I sensed something, I see this elderly woman walking her dog, (name with held), walking towards me. I looked up and she said, Don’t worry, I am just walking my dog through your garden. I thought to my self, What, me Worry? Was I Missing the Point?

This is Mad
What, me Worry? Am I Missing the Point? I don’t feel so. Here, I’ll pick you a winner!

She said, Oh, you have a nice Garden, is that a lemon cucumber? I replied, yes, it was. She went on to say, I had a squash plant that I must have received sixteen squash from. The rest of my Garden didn’t do so well this year. I don’t know if it’s worth having a Garden. It costs so much for plants. It’s so much work, and I can buy the stuff I need at the store for less. I felt she’s Missing the Point.

We all miss the point at some point. We lose the meaning of what it means to be alive. In talking to the plants, they taught me, we all have a short season to grow here. The plants told me. They don’t worry about the end of the season as that would take their focus away from what they enjoy doing. That’s growing and creating fruit. They enjoy the Sun, they feel Mother Earth and her New Song. They smell the air. Listen to wind blow through their leaves. They touch us with energy. Get touched by bees. All that joy is shared. That’s why they grow the fruit. They don’t have time for Missing the Point.  Because all that joy they experience is how they grow. The joy of being alive. Plants are so smart. Most never stop to listen. To busy trying to live life, I guess. Always trying to make ends meet. That’s the problem with trying. We are always trying and trying. Trying is never done. Words are thoughts. Words have power through Intent. The power of the word trying, is trying. So that’s what we do. Try, try, try, and when were done trying, we try some more.

Hanging around trying
I have tried all my life. I need to do. Get a grip.

Anyway, She was busy talking care of her dogs needs, and talking to the dog as if she was expecting to hear, the dog  talking back. I felt again, She is Missing the Point. And she is so close to it, I bet she can almost hear the dog talking back. She was repeating herself, Do you have to potty, Well do you? I heard the dog saying No, No, Oh, this smells good over here. I smell another dog. I wonder where that dog is. I would be long gone enjoying this, if I didn’t have this thing around my neck. Oh, what was that smell? Yep, she is Missing the Point, her dog can talk. If she would only listen. The woman turned to me and asked, Do you have a dog? I just smiled and said, yes. Did she hear her dog talking after all?

I know, that thing wouldn’t shut up. Those little dogs are always yapping. And thinking they are big. As she was leaving I wondered.

Crosseyed Man
Am I Missing the Point?

How easy it is to get all caught up in our own thoughts that we forget to listen for a moment. And hear want our spirit is telling us. What everything around us is shouting at us.  We can through our heart-felt feelings, listen.

Am I Missing the Point here. The point here for me, I was out in the garden not because I wanted the fruit. And the cost of growing a garden is so great that it’s not worth the cost. So I need to get everything I can to make it worth it. Thus get a return of what I paid for it. Because if we measure the value we receive by the price we have to pay. Than we are Missing the Point. It’s been said, and truer words were never spoken. The best things in life are free.

I was out in the garden to enjoy the moment in the garden with the plants and nature. To feel the sunshine, smell the air. Listen to the wind. I felt, She was Missing the Point. I always thought elderly people were wise. Next time I have that thought, I’ll Let it go!

Let it Go and find your Freedom
Next time you have a thought. Just Let it go.

I garden because it gives me joy from the experience of being one with nature. There’s a peace in sharing the moment with plants and animals, feeling all the wonder of life growing all around you. Caring for them and receiving their love in return. Because life is a sharing. If we only take from life. We are Missing the Point.

We only have this short season to make the best of. We can get caught up in the cost of it. We do! We are Missing the Point. We didn’t pay to be born on this planet. It’s strange we have to pay to live here. We must share this planet and share our love of it. But we don’t, we just take. But that’s about to change. Creation creates life freely. We can experience life freely, when we share. As sharing comes from the heart, the center of our being. This way we won’t be Missing the Point. Being centered, we can SEE both points.

The mind tells Lies, Lies, and More Lies
It’s in the center for a purpose. It’s called centering ones being. We see both points.

That’s the point, I needed to share, so I wasn’t Missing the Point. It’s amazing what one can hear when they stop thinking and start listening.

Everything is talking and sharing its experience with life. They are all speaking to our hearts from their heart. Did you know hearts can talk?  Everything believes that we are centered in our being. Because they are. So they talk to our hearts and believe we hear them.

Some of us do. Some of us don’t. Those who do hear them. You are not Missing the Point, stay in your heart for as long as you can. There you will find joy. The sounds of joy are wonderful. There all around us. And joy smells good too!  Feels good as well. Those not in heart are Missing the Point. Missing the power in the moment of life. Hearing the joy, feeling the joy, smelling the joy. Tasting the joy of life. Joy is a powerful word. It’s a wonderful Point to experience.

Not Missing the Point
Freedom at last. That’s the Point

Are you Missing the Point?

Knowledge is Power

Experience is Wisdom

Take your Power Back

Quit Missing the Point

CJC

I'm Not Missing the Point
I only have three Points. The rest of me is round. What’s the Point of Missing the Point?

Sharing comes from the heart, the center of our being. This way we won’t be Missing the Point.

Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds

Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds is very easy and profitable.

Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds
Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds is easy

Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds sounds great, who could argue with growing your own heirloom tomato seeds instead of buying them? But when you take a look at what’s involved with saving seeds from squash and corn seeds you may start seeing the beauty of buying them. Even easy seeds like beans and lettuce require some forethought. Do your spring planting with fall seed harvest in mind. But saving tomato seeds is easy. Not only can beginning gardeners do it, people who don’t even have a garden can do it. Think business. At 5 cents a seed the profit adds up fast. The best tomatoes to eat are also the best source of seed. To know the difference between GMO, Hybrid and Heirloom read this.

The only thing to remember is that Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds means a tomato that is not a hybrid. We should all be very grateful that tomato names are now in style. Instead of “tomatoes,” pure and simple, the farmer and increasingly the restaurant offers let’s say Brandywines, Jetstars, Aunt Marie’s Marvels and who knows what-all. There are hundreds of possibilities. Doesn’t matter. As long as you know the name you can Google the name “XYZ seed”. If it’s a hybrid that seed can’t be saved, “hybrid” will be part of the description.

To begin, with any process in which you want to preserve the best qualities and traits, look for the best example of the fruit or vegetable that you want to preserve. It may feel like a sacrifice, to have to cut up the biggest and best Heirloom tomatoes in the garden, but you’ll reap the rewards for years to come. With this method one is only removing the center so the whole tomato isn’t sacrificed.

Hybrid Tomato
This looks like a hybrid not very many seeds

Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds

This Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds process is a process of fermentation. Don’t worry the A.T.F. will not becoming to the door. No still is needed unless you want one. But than we would be talking about a different process.

Select the seeds from an Heirloom Tomato that has a flavor that you love. If you’re a home gardener and saving seeds from tomatoes that are growing in your garden choose tomatoes from the very healthiest looking plants. Choose perfect, dead ripe tomatoes. The better they are of their kind, the better your chances of repeating their greatness. The riper the fruit, the more ripened the seed it will contain.

Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds
Cutting your Heirloom Tomato

Once you’ve selected the best of the best, cut the tomato lengthwise or across the equator. Which ever allows you to expose as many seeds as possible. Squeeze, or better yet spoon the seeds, gel and juice out into a small container, glass or plastic which ever you prefer. No need to separate the seeds just yet.

Add enough water to the container to make soup out of the seeds and gel. Usually just cover the gel and seeds with about an inch of water.  The water will help to separate the seeds from the remnants of the tomato interior. If doing a number of different varieties at the same time now would be the time to label the containers.  Loosely cover the jar with cheesecloth, a piece of paper towel, or use plastic wrap but be sure to punch some holes in it, so air can get through. Fresh air needs to get in and out of the container to help foster fermentation.

Put the container someplace warm (not hot), out of the sun, a place where odd smells won’t be noticed. On the top of the refrigerator is an excellent site to place the container of seeds. Now Mother Nature will take over and begins to ferment the seed and water mixture.

Allow time for mold to grow. The mold is necessary for the seeds. The mold is an important part of the process, as it dissolves the gel coating from the seeds. This process which will take anywhere from three to five days, depending on the time of year and the temperature at which you keep your home. The top of the liquid will look “scummy” when the fermentation process has separated the “goo” from the seeds during which the jar contents will bubble. It also helps destroy many of the possible tomato diseases that can be harbored by seeds.

Many garden bloggers say they don’t bother to ferment tomato seeds and it isn’t absolutely essential, and this is true, as we had a number of volunteer tomato plants germinate this year in our garden beds from fallen tomatoes. But it does 3 important things:

It separates the floaters from the sinkers. The floaters will not germinate so there is no reason to keep them. It removes the germination inhibitor that keeps the seeds from sprouting inside the tomato. And last but not least, it gets rid of many seed-borne diseases as stated above.

Now that the process is complete. Carefully pour off the smelly water and debris from the top. So  all that is left are the good seeds. Then, fill the jar with cool or room temperature water and gently swish the seeds around to wash them. Then put the seeds in a strainer and rinse under running water.

Tomato Seeds
Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds for Seed Money

Place these seeds on to a paper plate or paper towel, this will help wick excess moisture from the seeds as they dry. The idea is to allow the seeds to dry fast, so that no mold grows on them.

Place your dried seeds into a labeled baggies or envelopes and keep in a cool, dry place. Don’t forget to label them. I tend to keep mine in our refrigerator, but they can also be stored on the lower shelf of a root cellar. If you want to keep them for years. If you choose to store your seeds in plastic the seeds must be BONE DRY, otherwise any moisture in the seeds will be transferred to all seeds inside the plastic packet, it will foster mildew and rotting and the seeds will be ruined.

Tomato Seed
Aren’t they cute. Remember Sinkers not floaters

Presto! You saved your fabulous Heirloom Tomato Seeds for next year. With the way things are going Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds may be the next form of seed money!

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The next form of money. (Seeds) Saving Heirloom Tomato Seeds is very easy and profitable.